Welcome to GTEC


GTEC is…

A Template for Sustainable Urban Living and Healthy Community
in the Rapidly Changing World of the 21st Century.

VISION: The Green Technology Education Centre is at the forefront of solutions to the social and environmental challenges of the 21st Century.

MISSION: GTEC provides education in sustainable technologies and socially and environmentally responsible management in a community setting that values inclusiveness and diversity.


ONE Design, develop and present public education materials about green technology.

TWO Engage in activities that promote the adoption of green technologies through education while contributing to community.

THREE Collaborate with like minded organizations that have similar objectives such as community agencies, universities and government departments.


Youth-Centric Environmental Materials:

Design, develop and publish youth-centric materials about climate change and its solutions in a range of formats including videos and games.

Publication of the GTEC Reader:

A journal that provides a forum for articles, interviews and commentary addressing the inter-linked issues of culture, economics and the environment in a way that is more accessible than academic journals, but nevertheless well thought out and evocative.

Neighbourhood Environmental Education Centres:

Development and implementation of a prototype for Neighbourhood Environmental Education Centres (NEEC).

Critical Needs

NEECs respond to the critical need to:

Hasten the adoption of green technologies in the face of the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions

Make information about green technologies more widely accessible and understandable

Restore the presence of neighbourhood based community in a rapidly growing and densifying city

In addition to introducing green technology at a community level NEECs serve as a community hub where there are lectures, meetings, performances etc. on an ongoing basis. Staff will be on hand to inform the public and assist their individual efforts to become a part of the green technology transition. NEEC offerings may include advanced education information sessions, continuing education programs and distributed courses from approved diploma and degree programs from post-secondary education institutions. We also foresee NEECs playing a vital outreach role providing, for example, local secondary schools with much needed environmental modules for global stewardship programs.

An NEEC could also be adjacent to neighbourhood houses, agency offices etc. adding focused environmental and community development themes. Neighbourhood Environmental Education Centres (NEECs) are situated in a 1,000 – 2,000 square foot storefront or similar spaces. NEECs are designed to fit the requirements for developer Community Amenity Credits (CACs).

More about NEECs

It includes components such as:

  • meeting and instructional space
  • green technology products and artifacts display area
  • limited office space
  • video portals
  • solarium coffee shop including a vertical gardening wall
  • Type 1 charging stations (site permitting)

Latest News from the GTEC Blog

First Anniversary of Nada

On last Thursday night, June 20 I dropped by the 1st Anniversary celebration of Nada, the package-less store at Fraser and Broadway. The founders of Nada are two young women, Brianne Miller and Alison Carr, refugees from graduate studies in marine biology, overcome by...

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Impressions of Green: The BC Green Party Convention of 2019

After a harrowing few minutes lost in the industrial bowels of New Westminster along the Fraser River, former CBC reporter, Bill Stovin and I found and then stumbled into the Inn on the Quay, site of the Green’s 2019 party convention. It was the Friday afternoon of...

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Nature is in its worst shape in human history, UN report says

'This is really our last chance to address all of that,' godfather of biodiversity says Nature is in more trouble now than at any other time in human history, with extinction looming over one million species of plants and animals, scientists said Monday in the UN's...

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New Climate Change Report Should Be a Wakeup Call

Canada is warming at twice the global rate, while right-wing politicians attack the carbon tax. What do Ebola and climate change have in common? A large number of the people at risk don’t even believe they’re real. And even a new federal government report warning that...

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EVs are key to Canada’s auto industry

A new report on Canada’s auto industry suggests its survival will be dependant on government backing for electric vehicles and driverless cars. Support is necessary to ensure Canada can be part of the ongoing global shift to EVs. The report finds that while Canada has...

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The GTEC Board of Directors

Arden Henley

President, Board of Directors

Arden Henley is a Vice President of City University of Seattle and Principal of Canadian Programs. Arden has a BA from McMaster, an MA from Duquesne in Pittsburgh and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from SFU.

Well known for his innovative leadership style and thought-provoking presentations, Arden has practiced Organizational Development and Family Therapy for over 35 years and consulted broadly with community and government agencies. His recently published book entitled "Social Architecture: Notes & Essays" summarizes his experience as both a Therapist and Organization Development Consultant.

Terry Stone

VP, Board of Directors

An enthusiastic professional with 20 years experience in Business Management and Marketing, Terry is passionate about leaving the planet in better shape than when he got here.As an avid hiker, he loves the saying “leave only footprints and take only pictures”. He has enjoyed working in life safety, green-building, alternative energy, and sustainability.Still searching for the way he can make the largest impact, he offers GTEC — critical thinking, problem-solving and strategic planning.

Brock Johnson LLB

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Brock Johnston is a commercial lawyer and partner at Clark Wilson LLP. With over 30 years of experience practicing law, Brock anticipates issues, identifies opportunities and develops effective solutions that support his clients’ objectives.  These are skills which Brock hopes to bring to bear on behalf of GTEC.

Brock has been "Expert-Ranked" in Infrastructure and Property Leasing and is "Best Lawyers Ranked" for Commercial Real Estate.

Norman Sam

Secretary, Board of Directors

Formally educated at BCIT and UBC in Management and Finance, Norman’s careers and businesses continue to span the spectrum from fitness and corporate wellness, to real estate development and technology start-up. Complementing these activities, Norman has also volunteered extensively with various non-profit and community service organizations. The common narrative among this diverse range of activities is a passion and desire to make his community and the world a better place. Norman currently lives in Vancouver with his wife Kristal.

Mary Charleson

Board of Directors

Mary Charleson is a Marketing Speaker, Educator, and Strategist. She is the author of fiveminutemarketing.com Blog and weekly newsletter, featuring marketing tips for the time starved entrepreneur. Mary has two books: "Word of Mouth Mouse & Mobile" (2013) and "Five-Minute Marketing" (2010). She is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and the Global Speakers Federation. Mary delivers keynotes and presentations for private companies, associations, and conferences.

Gerry Zipursky

Board of Directors

Gerry Zipursky is currently the foundIng Executive Director of the new Gibson's Public Market and of the Marine Education Centre located at the Market. He is also Director of Canadian Business Operations at City University of Canada. Prior to these positions he was Executive Director of the Vancouver Jewish Community Centre for 22 years where he led many innovative and community building projects from buildings to social programs.

Stephanie Yu

Board of Directors

Stephanie Yu is an author, podcaster, and social media wellness blogger who is passionate about authenticity and self-love. But her love for Mother Earth and this universe which has been her greatest teacher is what drew her towards GTEC, and she is so excited to be a part of this revolutionary project.

Mary Kean

Board of Directors

Mary Kean recently retired from practicing couple and family counseling in Vancouver. Mary was also on the faculty of City U Canada since the beginning of the Masters of Counseling Program which she assisted in founding. She has taught in public schools, universities and colleges and other venues.

A Committee Chairman and member of the AMSSA Board of Directors, Mary also served on the Boards of Peak House and the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association (VEVA) as Vice President.


Tom Heatherington MSW

Board of Directors

Tom recently retired from a forty-year career as a counsellor and Director in community and social services.

He was a sessional instructor at the University of the Fraser Valley and The Justice Institute of BC.

Tom is an e-bike enthusiast and has a keen interest in urban agriculture. He conducted self-directed study on Cuban urban horticulture and helped to establish community gardens in the Tri-cities.




Sapna Dayal

Board of Directors

Sapna is a CA, CPA with over 20 years of financial and business leadership experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. As Executive Director of imagine1day, Sapna devoted eight years of her career, from 2007-2015, to designing and leading the non-profit which provides access to quality education to children throughout Ethiopia.

Prior to that, she worked for 12 years with KPMG LLP across practice areas including assurance, corporate finance and international taxation, in Canada and Brazil. Currently, Sapna dedicates her time to Brass Token, a new mixed-media game developer she recently co-founded.

Green Technology Education Centre
#90 425 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6B 6E3

info (at) gteccanada.com